Frequently Asked Questions

Q.) Is an ACT or SAT score required?

YES. An ACT or SAT score is required (submitted directly to MSOP ) of ALL applicants other than the following: a) those who are 30 years old or older, b) those for whom English is not the primary language AND who did not attend high school in the U.S. in which case the TOEFL is required (submitted to PharmCAS).

Q.) Do I need eight (8) hours of Anatomy and Physiology?

YES. This can be either A&P I + A&P II or Human Anatomy + Human Physiology.

Q.) I already have a BA or BS degree or I will receive my degree prior to entering Pharmacy School. How does that affect my application?

Applicants holding a BA degree or BS degree, or who will be receiving one prior to starting Pharmacy School, and who have completed all mathematics and science requirements in the Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum shall only be required to satisfy the Public Speaking and Elementary Statistics requirements. Applicants who hold a prior BA or BS degree or who will be receiving a BA or BS degree MUST submit an ACT or SAT score.

Q.) What are the computer requirements?

There really are no requirements. All MSOP electronic resources are web-based, and can be accessed via a PC or Mac web browser. Ingalls and Russell Hall as well as most are on-campus are equipped with wireless internet access, so if you are purchasing a new computer, this is something to take into consideration. Please visit Samford's Technology Services web page for more information about technological resources available at Samford.

Q.) What is the admissions deadline?

February 1. This means that all information that is required to be sent to PharmCAS or directly to MSOP Office of Admissions must be received by PharmCAS no later than that date. PROCESSING AT PHARMCAS MAY TAKE PLACE AFTER THE DEADLINE as long as all necessary information was received prior to the deadline.

Q.) Can I qualify for Financial Aid?

You must have a minimum of 72 hours of undergraduate coursework completed prior to enrollment to be eligible for consideration for Graduate level Federal Student Loan assistance.

Q.) How do you calculate Math & Science GPA?

For the Math & Science GPA, we only use those Math and Science courses listed in our pre-requisite course list. If a Math or Science course from our Pre-requisite list has been repeated we will only use the highest grade.

Q.) How many students are admitted from other undergraduate schools?

Approximately 60% of students in our entering class completed their pre-requisites at a school other than Samford University, and roughly 50% are from out of state.

Q.) How many students apply for admission each year?

Roughly 1,000 applications are received each year.

Q.) How many students are accepted for each class?

125 students are admitted each year.

Q.) Is the PCAT required?

Yes. There is no required minimum score. However, scores above the 60th percentile rank are viewed favorably and scores below the 40th percentile rank are viewed negatively. Scores should be sent directly to PharmCAS and not to Samford University.

Q.) When should I start the application process?

Both the PharmCAS application and the MSOP Supplemental application open June 1st each year. You may submit your applications while you have pre-requisite coursework yet to complete. One semester of Organic Chemistry must be completed by the end of the Fall term to be eligible for admission consideration. All pre-requisite coursework must be completed prior to the first day of classes at MSOP.